Q: Bachelorette party in the Caribbean — I am not the bride!
A: Oo! Now this is a vibe! A few favorite punchy finds for just such an occasion:
FEATHERED STAUD MINI (SEEN ABOVE — HOT HOT HOT)
THIS ZIMMERMANN-ESQUE STEAL
Q: Really attractive storage solution for open shelving…does it exist?
A: These are sturdy and pretty to look at.
Q: Baby/toddler girl sunglasses. Love your daughter’s!
Q: Wedding gift for a sister — doesn’t need to be registry. College student budget. Thanks!
A: Laguiole steak knives. We received a pair for our wedding that we use several times a week, to this day. They are beautiful with the wood handles and for $100, a fantastic investment!
Q: An elegant, feminine dress to wear to my grandmother’s funeral this spring.
Q: Affordable (under $200) wide leg work trousers. Or summer office clothes in general.
A: Banana Republic has such fun pairs right now – these are fab, and these in the white would make me feel like a million bucks. I own and love this pair from Veronica Beard (on sale for under $100) — chic with a blazer. This more casual pair from Spanx is getting really good reviews. Can you wear jeans in your office? I like the idea of these with a dramatic white blouse.
Q: Swimsuits, age 35, 8 months post partum with third baby.
A: First, you might enjoy reading this Op Ed, titled: “I’m 56 years old. Damn straight I’m wearing a bikini this summer.” I read it and nodded vigorously and — onwards!!! Second, so many Magpies have raved about the fit of this one-piece from Tory Burch and the famous Hunza G. They seem almost universally loved for their flattering shapes! I am also personally obsessing over the rash guards from Mott50 — lots of coverage but you can unzip top not to feel too buttoned up — and this dramatic Juan de Dios, which actually offers a lot of coverage and a flattering high waist but still feels very high fashion.
Q: White shirt dress — midi or knee-length, more structure. Not a caftan shape. Sleeves!
Q: Inexpensive and fun accessories.
Q: Luxurious bedding.
A: I would look at Frette, Yves Delorme, and Matouk if you’re planning on making an investment. I also find Boll and Branch to be of wonderful quality for the price — we use these sheets in our primary bedroom. Though I think Matouk, Frette, and YD have more dramatic, tailored, interesting, high-end designs (strongly considering those brands for our primary bedroom whenever we re-do it), I do find that B&B is easier to care for than at least Matouk and YD (have not tried Frette) but similar in feel/refinement.
Q: Summer dresses for early pregnancy — little to no bump but need space.
A: Congratulations! I shared a bunch of maternity-friendly finds here, many of which are not explicitly maternity but offer room to grow. I would specifically consider nap dresses, Frances Hart’s smocked dresses (for all stages of motherhood!), the caftans from Mi Golondrina, these loose-fit blockprint dresses (or the ones from SZ Blockprints or Mille), statement dresses from Hunter Bell like this and this, and cute floaty minis from Doen.
Q: Afternoon wedding in coastal GA in June.
Q: Chic but plain sweatshirt.
A: J. Crew has great ones with interesting fits — like this cropped style and have been absolutely living in this half-zip, which comes in SUCH great colors and has a nice light weight. Kule also makes a great solid sweatshirt — I have this exact style and it always feels like a step up from athleisure.
Q: Dress for a wedding in Palm Springs in June – under $150. Thanks!
A: Fun! I like this En Saison, this Wayf, this French Connection, this Wayf. More wedding guest dress options under $150 here! This under-$100 black style feels very Ulla-meets-Ciao-Lucia and will be perfect for nearly any occasion, and you know I love this black and white polka dot gown!
Q: Floor lamp.
Q: Bridal shoes! Statement making but comfortable enough to dance all night in.